Cambridge CB2 1RF, United Kingdom
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
University of British Columbia
Leeds LS2 9JT, United Kingdom
University of Leeds
Heslington, York YO10 5DD, United Kingdom
University of York
(This book ranges broadly across the arts to analyse image...)
This book ranges broadly across the arts to analyse imagery and contemporary attitudes. There are chapters on Ben Johnson and Inigo Jones; on Stuart funerals and the religious arts; on Princess Elizabeth's wedding; and on James's triumphal entry.
(This book explores the methods by which a distinctive ico...)
This book explores the methods by which a distinctive iconography was created for each Stuart king, describes the cultural life of the Civil War period and the Cromwellian Protectorate, and analyses the impact of the antiquarian movement which constructed a new sense of national identity.
(The Trophies of Time offers the first comprehensive revie...)
The Trophies of Time offers the first comprehensive review of the heroic phase of antiquarian studies, when history was being disengaged from fable, and the modern sense of the remote past was being securely established.
Parry received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the Pembroke College, in 1961 and 1965 respectively. He also graduated from the Columbia University as a Doctor of Philosophy in 1965.
Parry began his career in 1962, working as a preceptor at the Columbia University for 3 years. From 1965 to 1967 he was an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia. That same year he was appointed as a lecturer in English at the University of Leeds, staying there for almost ten years. In 1977, Parry moved to the University of York, beginning to serve as a lecturer in English, and becoming a professor of Renaissance Literature later. He still works at the University of York. In addition, Parry was a visiting professor at several universities, such as the Universite de Toulouse, the City College of New York and the Doshisha University.
Concerning his writing career, Parry is an expert on the cultural history of the seventeenth century. His emphasis is on the first half of the century and, in particular, on that region of Jacobean culture where its arts met its politics through royal and aristocratic patronage. While Parry’s The Pre-Raphaelite Image examines the nineteenth-century British Pre-Raphaelite movement in painting and poetry, it is his subsequent volume Hollar's England: A Mid-Seventeenth Century View, in which the author demonstrates his area of expertise. Hollar’s England focuses on the life and work of Bohemian-born etcher Vaclav Hollar (1607-1677), who settled in England during much of his career and painted well-known pictures of London before the great fire.
With his next book, The Golden Age Restor'd, Parry took on a more central subject—the cultural life of the court of James I. He deals with the masques, or stylized stage entertainments, that were produced by Ben Jonson and Inigo Jones, investigating their contents and their backgrounds to show how the development of the court’s taste paralleled its belief in the divine right of kings, while making comparisons between Britain and imperial Rome. The title of Parry’s book was also the title of one of Jonson’s masques, hence the archaic apostrophe. Parry devotes one of his “most illuminating chapters” (in the view of Times Literary Supplement reviewer Blair Worden) to the Earl of Arundel, a noted art collector. Worden, who called Parry “a courteous and exceptionally helpful guide” through this subject matter, praised the book as “a distinguished and eloquent survey” of a corner of the seventeenth century; “Parry crosses disciplinary frontiers with unconventional enthusiasm, and controls a wide range of material with notable lucidity and economy. His book has long been needed.”
Later Parry weighed in with a book on a different aspect of English culture before the Restoration: Seventeenth-Century Poetry: The Social Context. The target audience for the volume consisted of university students who needed background for their readings of literature.
Parry followed with a 1989 book titled The Seventeenth Century: The Intellectual and Cultural Context of English Literature, 1603-1700, and then with the 1995 The Trophies of Time: English Antiquarians of the Seventeenth Century. This volume followed a theme that had been visible in The Golden Age Restor'd: Parry’s perception of art collecting and antiquarianism as a key to the culture of a historical period. He followed this with a book devoted to the life and work of John Talman, an early-eighteenth-century art collector.
Currently, Parry is engaged in writing. His recent book is on the culture of the Laudian Church, Glory, Laud and Honour: the Arts of the Anglican Counter-Reformation.
(This book explores the methods by which a distinctive ico...)1989
(The Trophies of Time offers the first comprehensive revie...)1995
(This book offers an accessible overview of the achievemen...)2006
(This book ranges broadly across the arts to analyse image...)1981
Parry is married to Barbara Henry since November 4, 1967.